Pack your bags! Travelling to India’s “heaven on earth” Kashmir is about to get a whole lot easier, with trains that connect the mountainous region with the rest of India, and we’ve got all the insider info! By Amitha Ameen
The time has finally come, where travelling to Kashmir is no longer going to be looked at as a challenging feat. The government along with the Indian railways has set a new deadline for completion of what is termed as ‘one of the world’s highest railway bridge’, by December 2021. The railway line is expected to be taller than the Eiffel Tower, at a height of 35 metres.
“It is the most challenging task in the 150-year-long history of the railways. The highest railway bridge in the world, connecting Kashmir with the rest of country through rail line will be completed by December 2021,” Konkan Railway Chairman Sanjay Gupta was reported as saying to PTI.
The chairman also says that construction of the bridge is the most challenging part of the project. And, that once completed, will be viewed as an engineering marvel. The massive arch-shaped structure is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 260 km/hr and has used more than 5,642 tonnes of steel.
Once completed, the bridge will act as a crucial link in the 111-kilometre stretch between Katra and Banihal, which is part of the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link project, and will surpass the current record of the Beipan River Shuibai railway bridge (275 m) in China.
This will be a reliable transportation system that connects the valley with the rest of India. What do you guys think? Are you excited?